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Fast, powerful, worth it

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Sony's fourth PlayStation console is fast, sleek and powerful. Its new DualShock gamepad is the best Sony's ever made. And the console is just getting started.

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8.1
30 reviews
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    6.3
  • Graphics
    8.9
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    9.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
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8.6
59 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 14, 2013

Sony's fourth PlayStation console is fast, sleek and powerful. Its new DualShock gamepad is the best Sony's ever made. And the console is just getting started.

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9.0
Joystiq Nov 15, 2013

The PlayStation 4 is a well-designed console that packs a lot of features into a single package while still keeping games front-and-center.

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8.0
Gizmodo Nov 13, 2013

The PS4 is a good console. There is nothing aggressively wrong with it as to scare away or displease a devoted fanboy. You will like it, you will be happy. But if you're relatively console neutral, or even just open-minded? Wait.

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8.0
CNET Nov 13, 2013

The PlayStation 4's beautiful graphics, blazing interface, and near-perfect controller make it a worthy successor to the PS3, but it would be wise to wait for more titles and features before you buy.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 19, 2013

The first fully redesigned PlayStation in seven long years sports a fresh look, an all-new interface, some unique features, and a much more comfortable controller.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 16, 2013

Sony has polished the PlayStation experience to a high shine and it’s clear that they knew exactly where to tweak the PS3 to make a true next-gen console.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 15, 2013

The PlayStation 4 has an excellent controller, decently powerful hardware, some intriguing, well-executed new features, and an interface that shows belated acknowledgement of some of Sony's most user-unfriendly past designs.

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8.0
AllThingsD Dec 19, 2013

If gaming is your first priority, the PlayStation 4 is a great package, and delivers on performance, though you should compare game catalogs before committing to either console.

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7.0
Popular Science Nov 13, 2013

Unless you are desperately jonesing to play a game like the new Killzone, then no, or, at least, you should wait as long as you can. This doesn't feel like a step forward; it feels like a step sideways.

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9.0
Mashable Nov 13, 2013

After seven years of waiting, we have finally experienced next-generation gaming. Sony's PlayStation 4 gives us hope for more powerful, jaw-dropping video games, and leaves a lot to the imagination for the future.

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8.0
Kotaku Nov 13, 2013

The PS4 seems like it'll be a hell of a console, but it's mostly potential and a bunch of new tools in need of some awesome games for them to work on.

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8.0
Time Nov 13, 2013

You’re still buying a promise, but for once it feels like a promise made on solid, well-trodden ground.

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8.0
Polygon Nov 13, 2013

But the PlayStation 4's focus on gaming — and only gaming — is undermined by a distinct lack of compelling software. That failing is sure to improve — better games and more of them will appear on the PlayStation 4 — but right now, this is a game console without a game to recommend it.

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8.0
ABC News Nov 13, 2013

There's no one feature that could be called the Playstation 4 selling point, but instead, it's several smaller upgrades, like better graphics and improved controllers, that together create a gaming experience greater than the sum of its individual parts.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 20, 2013

If you are a Sony fan you won't be disappointed, because you'll know everything will, eventually, get better, but for now you'll have to be patient, very patient.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 28, 2013

If you are a Sony fan you won't be disappointed in the PS4. You know and trust that everything will, eventually, get better. But for now you'll have to be patient, very patient, before the PS4 delivers the true knock-out that it can - and will - in the months and years to come.

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7.0
TechHive Nov 20, 2013

Sony's latest console is a powerful, intelligently designed gaming machine without a game to recommend it. It's poised to perform well in the years to come, but it's an underwhelming proposition at launch.

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8.0
NBC News Nov 13, 2013

Is another "Killzone" and a slick new controller enough to earn this trust? For Sony's legions of fans that have upgraded at every possible opportunity, ... yes. But for everybody else, you'd be better off waiting to see what this new generation of PlayStation can really bring.

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8.0
IGN Nov 13, 2013

The PS4 is compact, gorgeous, and powerful with promising features built for the future.

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8.0
The Verge Nov 15, 2013

If you're desperate for a new console, rest assured that eventually the PS4 will be one; it has plenty of power, a great controller, and a lot of good ideas about how we can play games better and how we can play them together. But for right now, they’re mostly still just ideas.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 21, 2013

The PS4 is a powerful, great looking console that is need of some killer PS4 exclusives. These are bound to come in time, but there's no doubt that it's the more powerful of the two consoles and that Sony has produced a leaner, more gamer orientated console compared to the Xbox One.

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8.0
T3 Nov 20, 2013

The PlayStation 4 is a fast, great-looking, powerful console at a not-silly price that also packs the best controller that's adorned a PlayStation so far.

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9.0
BGR Nov 19, 2013

For a full $200 less than the PS3 at launch, Sony is offering a system that, in spite of a potentially worrisome failure rate, is immediately more powerful, accessible, and future-proof than its last effort. If you’re in the market for a next-gen console, get excited — the next generation has...

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8.0
The Next Web Nov 19, 2013

Between the scattered quality issues and the fairly lackluster launch lineup, our recommendation is that you hold off on the PS4 until Sony has sorted everything out.

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8.0
Destructoid Nov 18, 2013

The $400 offering they've released in response is a sleek beauty with plenty of power under the hood to usher in the next generation of video games ... it's clear that there's enough power and potential to eventually get us to where we want to be.

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Stuff Nov 13, 2013

Slick, powerful and packed with stand-out features, the PS4 delivers on the next-gen console promise

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 11, 2013

The PS4 Eye works efficiently and interestingly in tandem with the new controller, and the console loaded demos quickly and without pause.

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Engadget Nov 11, 2013

If you've been faithfully following gaming news all year, then you won't find many surprises inside the PS4 box. There's just a mono headset, AC power cord, micro-USB cable and DualShock 4 controller to accompany the system.

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Gizmodo Jun 11, 2013

Is it possible to be striking and understated at the same time? The PS4 might be just that. Though the early jokes had pointed it as just being an italicized Xbox One, the sharp angles of the rhombus add a lot more character in real life than they do in pictures.

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Wired UK Jun 12, 2013

The PS4 console itself strongly resembles the PlayStation 2, aesthetically at least. It's a bit smaller than the Xbox One, with a footprint similar to the PlayStation 3.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 14, 2013

From our time with the console, playing games, and talking to Sony it is clear the focus here is very much about delivering a state of the art games machine and trying to deliver as many games as possible to those who aren't fussed with anything but.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 17, 2013

What we love though, is the way the ports and Blu-ray disc slot just vanish into the machine. If you look at the PS4 on its own, it really looks like it has no connections, everything is just so well designed into the case... speaking of controllers, the redesigned version that comes with the PS4 is...

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Pocket-Lint Nov 13, 2013

It's particularly good at making sure you get more from your games - especially if you are social. What's most important is that the interface is very quick. If all you want to do is play games, you'll be able to do that very quickly and certainly more so than ever before. We like it. A lot.

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Pocket-Lint Nov 14, 2013

The remote play feature is astounding. Use your Vita as a screen through which you can play any PS4 game, and be amazed by just how slick it is ... Graphics, of course, are improved. The problem is, it's going to take a long time to fully realise this ... we have to say it's one of the nicest...

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T3 Jun 12, 2013

While it's far too early to reach any genuine conclusions on the PS4, what with all games way off completion, few actually playable, the UI and Share features yet to be shown off and the full hardware setup hidden from view, the controller and the implementation of new technology bodes well.

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TrustedReviews Jun 13, 2013

A better initial software line-up, the more powerful specification and the more relaxed approach to used and borrowed games is likely to give PS4 some impetus with hardcore gamers and early adopters.

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TechRadar Jun 14, 2013

With its cheaper price point and less restrictive DRM policies, the PS4 already seems to have the Xbox One on the run. We still think it would be naive to consider Microsoft's system down for the count, though.

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The Verge Nov 13, 2013

We've had only a precious couple days with the PlayStation 4 — and even less time with its online capabilities. At first glance, it feels like Sony's gone a long way toward fixing what ailed the PS3, and toward enabling a much better and more impressive gaming experience going forward.

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TechRadar Nov 13, 2013

The PlayStation 4 is a living room computer, more so than the PS3 ever was. Not just because of its specs and AMD-based architecture, but because of its robust feature set.

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Penny Arcade Nov 13, 2013

The PlayStation 4, in contrast, is a simpler system, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s smaller, easy to set up, and doesn’t come with anything you don’t need. It focuses on games and, at least in the initial batch of games, it’s delivering more power.

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Fortune Nov 13, 2013

Think of the PlayStation 4 as a device with great potential, just one that developers haven't tapped into much yet -- at least, based on my limited time with it. There isn't any one feature or game I've played that screams "next generation."

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Business Insider Oct 24, 2013

So the PS4 is a slick looking system, but you knew that already. Up close though, getting a handle on the thing and actually touching it, lifting it up, it feels solid.

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Stuff Jun 12, 2013

It might not be the sleekest or sexiest console design ever seen, but at least the PS4 looks as though it's actually been designed – which is more than can be said for the VCR-like slab that is the Xbox One.

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9.0
Mitchellmckenna Mitchellmckenna

I decided to give #teamplaystation a go this time around in the console wars. I'm coming from an Xbox 360 (before that I had a regular Xbox but before that I did a foray with Playstation as I owned a PS2), so it had been a while since I played on Playstation. I was a little concerned when I...

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9.0
Musikon Musikon

I haven't owned a home console since the PS2, so I never had to deal with some of the hardships disgruntled PS3 owners have complained of. However, I love the PS4. Sure, there are improvements to be made, but I'm really happy with my purchase. Games: Arguably there are not a lot of interesting...

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9.0
baileylo baileylo

I purchased the playstation 4 a couple months after the xbox red ringed. I have not used the XBox One but I'm extremely satisfied with my PS4. I only have two minors complaints about the system, and they are extremely minor. Switching Users: To change to a different user I must first log out...

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9.0
lisq199 lisq199

PS4 is a fantastic console in my opinion. The UI is surprisingly simple, snappy and easy to use, from which you can easily tell that PS4 is all about games. If you use your console only to play games and don't care about motion gaming and voice control (like me), then I think PS4 offers a much...

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7.0
logicrulez logicrulez

The Playstation 4 is an good console with a lot of potential. The console launched with a bunch of missing features that the PS3 had, such as DLNA support and a bunch of applications. The Graphics are crystal clear, offering detail on the most minute things(NBA2k14, check out the players...

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7.0
kenkuhns kenkuhns

I had the PS4 for a brief period starting on launch day. I hooked it up, and started messing around with it. The interface seems pretty good and I like the feel of the controllers. I didn't have any games - honestly the selection of games at launch was very un-appealing to me. I played some...

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